Custom AmplifierFirst, some background. Way back in the 1980s, I was involved in the High end audio scene in New York. That was, arguably, the best, most creative decade in audio before or since. One of...5000.00

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First, some background.

Way back in the 1980s, I was involved in the High end audio scene in New York. That was, arguably, the best, most creative decade in audio before or since.

One of the top audio designers of the time was Mark Levinson, another was Ken Stevens, a third was Peter Snell. These engineers produced the ML-20.5 Amplifier, the C.A.T. SL-1 Preamp and the Snell Type A/III speaker. Probably the greatest products in audio history – although cone speakers are generally not my favorite type. I could go on about speakers for quite a while but we’re talking electronics here.

All of this leads up to an idea I had a few years ago about producing and selling a super high quality Preamp and Amp here in the US. I had got in touch with Ken Chan, an Asian-American entrepreneur who had set up in Hong Kong and was designing electronic based on public domain US circuit designs from the ‘80s.

Specifically there was the ML-20.5  80wpc Class A transistor amp. I had always been impressed with the ML-2  (a 25 wpc design) dual stacks of the ML-2s were used to power the Infinity Reference Speakers – the best speakers in the world at that time (according to the Absolute Sound) and had also heard the ML-20.5 an equally impressive upgrade. After talking with Ken we agreed that we could use the 20.5 design but double the boards (in parallel) and the transformers and create a magnificently powerful amp. Advances in heatsink design meant we could accommodate higher output without overheating the parts or transformers. This is how the 200wpc Class A “Truth” amp came about. It is truly an awe inspiring amp. Effortless and powerful with a deep and clear presence and soundstage… For reference the ML-20.5 sold for about $18,000 in 1992.

My original MSRP pricing for the amps Ken Chan and I built were to be $7500 for the amp. As you can see I'm offering them for very much reduced pricing. 

Then end of the story is that my partner, Ken Chan was forced out of business by the Chinese mainland government after he participated in democracy protests in Hong Kong. They’re still going on today but I have no idea where Ken is now.

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